Anandtech review

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  1. keviig macrumors 6502

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    Probably the best summation of the nMB was on a review by the Verge: It's not going to be the next laptop you buy, but it will be the one after that.
     
  4. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Uhm, no. It's going to be next laptop I buy.
     
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    edit: to remove personally identifying information not relevant to thread.
     
  6. matt2053 macrumors 6502a

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    Both, for me! Getting this one, then I'll get the Skylake model when it arrives and pass the Broadwell on down to my wife :)
     
  7. Dekimasu macrumors regular

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    They sure did get that trackpad dirty quickly.
     
  8. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Seems Money is not an issue for you when you are investing in Apple products :D
     
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    No, not even close to the best.
     
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    Has it ever been? I don't know anyone who's ever said "I need a cheap laptop, let me go grab an Apple" ... LOL
     
  11. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Virtually every review has said that. Not very original.
    Except the Anandtech review. I'm buying one by the way. I wasn't overly impressed with the Verge review but I'm not overly impressed by any of their reviews on anything since they emphasize style and ad revenue way over everything else. Plus they have a hipsterish vibe that is kind of nauseating.
    Same with Joanna Stern who said the same thing. She writes terrible reviews, especially of laptops, yet has worked a bunch of places including the Verge.
     
  12. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    +100.

    Joanna and her former buddies at Verge need to take cues from Anand (and Ars to smaller extend) as to what a proper computer review should look like.

    Although, in Stern's case - her audience is 65 year old WSJ readers who wouldn't know a difference between Core M CPU and a milk crate.
     
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    As opposed to my local apple store, where everyone has facial hair, tats and piercings.:eek:

    Even Jason Snell was a little dismissive of it in his review for Macworld. I'm undecided...as long as my local apple store and bb doesn't have them in stock!:eek:
     
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    I have to laugh, in a friendly way. I totally understand the point. Someone's gotta be a first adopter, so with my eyes wide open I'm in that set this time. So far, I'm impressed, but I did't kid myself about what I was buying.

    I thought that message came through in a balanced way with the Ars and Anandtech reviews as well.
     
  15. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    We're at a time where lifestyle and technology is converging like never before, so I'm ok with both the technical and lifestyle approaches of various reviews. Granted, I personally tend to favor the Anandtech style reviews.
     
  16. newellj macrumors 601

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    Yes. For example, a lot of measurebators have thrown around complaints like "it's just an iPad with a keyboard permanently attached." Well, no, you completely missed the point. However, at the same time, there is an element of convergence, as you said. Maybe the takeaway is that people who are hung up to much on rigid boxes aren't going to be able to deal well with the current evolutions of what we thought were separate product types.
     
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    Interesting they say the display is the brighter than a rmbp.

    In the store, the macbooks were close to the outside light source. I thought them to be dim. Must have been the setting.
     
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    Measurebators. Hah.
     
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    "What the MacBook isn’t is a replacement for the Retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air – at least not today – as it’s a laptop for users who already have other laptops or desktops; it is a second computer, not a first one. And admittedly this is the same designation that was applied to the MacBook Air on its launch several years ago, but as the Air’s performance has improved over the years and it was shifted to Apple’s entry-level laptop, it has certainly become the sole computer for an increasing portion of its user base."

    There are a lot of reviews saying this and I know many members here might echo it but, as an owner of 2011 MBA that I use for many "professional uses" (Photoshop, Illustrator, some Premiere, Web Design, LogMeIn Remote Desktop, VMWare for Windows 7), it seems like this computer will do just fine as my only machine. I plan on testing all of these uses in the next week. The benchmarks in the review seem pretty positive to me.
     
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    I feel the exact same way. I use either a 2011 or 2012 MBA all day every day and I have zero performance issues. Macs tend to perform just fine for day to day tasks for years and years. Plenty of people out there are still using MacBooks from 2008 or 2009. And you're going to tell me they shouldn't count on a new rMB as their main machine because it doesn't score very high on Kraken? Madness.
     
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    I'm still using my early 2008 macbook which would be fine if I didn't have to keep buying new batteries. The 2015 MB will be a welcome addition.
     
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    Thank you for posting this; I'm reading it now.

    They do very thorough reviews.
     
  23. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    The display is a pro level display. Look at the tests they ran. :cool:
     
  24. tecnho macrumors 6502

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    Same here. Going straight from my white 2008 to a silver 2015. I have basic needs, and incidentally managed to complete a full circle by going from "Macbook" to "Macbook" while skipping all the Air's and Pro's.
     
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    Good long read...

    My personal take away was if you can afford the Apple premium cost,then it make's for a really nice Netbook. But looking at performance against other laptop's (via windows os...which other sites have confirmed run's faster then osx on a number of software related tests) one could only take away that the Dell XPS 13 is the far better buy. Just looks at that "DOTA 2 value" (Dell XPS=69.9 Macbook=44.5)

    I look at this new Macbook very much the same way as I did when the new Air came out. It was really cool and had that "it" factor. But in the end,waiting for the 2nd version proved to be the smart decision!
     

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